The Right Whale Of Grand Manan

Delilah is a 37 ton, 47 ft, Atlantic Right Whale, #1223.

She resides in the New Brunswick Museum expansion located at Market Square, Saint John, New Brunswick.

Delilah washed up on Grand Manan in 1992, after an untimely death from a collision with a vessel. She was salvaged by Museum scientists to become one of many cetacean specimens in its zoology collection and the only full right whale skeleton on display in all Canada.

In order to get Delilah from Deep Cove on Grand Manan to the Museum expansion in Saint John, Everett Dakin's Construction Company carted her carcass by truck from the Ingall's Head boat haul-out, down route 776, to Anchorage Road, below Grand Harbour, where she was buried until the flesh finally dropped from her bones.

After study and research, scientists put Delilah's bones into a huge net in the ocean for eight more months until they were clean and Museum personnel collected them.

During 1996, Delilah's skeleton was assembled in the New Brunswick Museum Marine Mammal Gallery.

This is Delilah on the way to her interment in 1992:


Meet Calvin, Delilah's Calf, #2223

On February 2, 2001, a right whale, swimming with a group of 10 to 15 other whales was singled out because it was entangled in a dark green-blue rope. She was later identified as the nine-year-old daughter of Delilah who died in a ship strike in the Bay of Fundy in 1992. In mid-May of 2001, Calvin was again sighted and the rope was still attached. The Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) sent out a team to attempt to cut the rope free. This turned out to be too difficult with the whale rolling and diving away from the rescue inflatable.

On April 2, 2002, another rescue attempt was made. The rope was only loosely entangling the whale and one end was dangling free from Calvin's mouth. The loose line was the length of the whale and the rescue crew was able to attach a buoy and a satellite/VHF (Very High Frequency) tag to the end of the line.
~ Courtesy of the Center for Coastal Studies

In August of 2005, 13-year-old Calvin turned up in the Bay of Fundy with her own calf, thrilling scientists who see the mammal as a symbol of hope for the vanishing species.

Calvin, once thought to be a male, showed up in the feeding ground to the delight of researchers who have tracked her difficult journey since birth and feared the feisty creature wouldn't reproduce.

"She's a little bit of a poster child because she was a little whale that we spent a lot of time looking for when she disappeared right after her mother died," said Moira Brown of the New England Aquarium, about the whale whose tragic start in life has spawned an international movement to save the endangered population.

"To think that Calvin's been able to go through all of this without full guidance from her mom is pretty cool. She's pretty special."

Twenty-eight calves were born in 2005, the second-highest annual birth rate in 25 years.
~ Courtesy of Canoe News ~

Grand Manan, New Brunswick, Canadaani_whale

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